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GOVERNOR ORDERS ALL U.S. AND STATE FLAGS LOWERED:  In honor of Lance Corporal Jonathan S. Long


Govrnor Earl Ray Tomblin issued a proclamation today ordering all U.S. and State flags displayed at all State facilities be displayed at half-staff from dawn until dusk on Mon., Mar. 5, 2012, the day of services with military honors for U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Jonathan S. Long, of Barboursville, WV.

“Lance Corporal Long’s service to his country brings honor to our state’s long history of military service,“ Tomblin said.  “Joanne and I extend our sincerest condolences to his fiancée, family and friends.  We are forever grateful for the selflessness that Jonathan displayed while serving our country.“

A 2008 graduate of Cabell Midland High School, Long enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp in 2010 where he was assigned to the 8th Engineer Support Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC and achieved the rank of Lance Corporal.  From November 2010 to June 2011, Lance Corporal Long served as Security Element Force at Camp Leatherneck, Halmond Province, Afghanistan. While on active duty and in training at Camp Wilson in California, Lance Corporal Long died unexpectedly of natural causes on Feb. 26, 2012.

Through his dedicated military service and sacrifice,  Long was awarded the National Defense Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and the NATO Medal-International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Afghanistan.  In honor of his distinguished life and service, Long will be remembered with military honors to be performed by A Company, 4th Combat Engineer Battalion of Charleston, West Virginia on the day of services.

Lance Corporal Jonathan Long is survived by his father, John W. Long IV; his mother, Jennifer L. Hall Long; his brother, Gabriel L. Long; his sister, Anna K. Long; his fiancée, Chelse Jobe; and extended family.

Barbara J. Nicholas


Barbara J. Nicholas

Age 63, of Orma, WV, passed away March 02, 2012 at her home.

She was born in Akron, Ohio a daughter of the late William R. Finkenbinder and Teresa Wears Norman.

She was a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church at Orma.

She was a former employee of Kellwood Company, Miletree Nursing, Spencer Veneer and Nichols Graphics all of Spencer WV.

Surviving are her husband of 45 years, Wesley Nicholas; a son, John (Barbara) Nicholas; a daughter, Lisa Cain; two brothers, Timothy (Sherry) Finkenbinder and David (Shirley) Greathouse; two sisters, Diana (Mike) Sampson and Linda (Gary) Dorsey; four grandchildren, Kelsea Lynch, Wesley Nicholas, Logan (Stacy) Cain and Marah Cain; two great grandchildren, Payten and Zaelyn Cain.

She was preceded in death by her twin brother, William R. Finkenbinder, Jr. and two infant brothers.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Tuesday, March 06 at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Elder George Rose officiating.

Interment will be in the Conley Cemetery at Orma.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Monday.

Albert J. Ball


Albert J. Ball

Age 83 of Big Springs, WV, passed away March 02, 2012 at Minnie Hamilton Health System in Grantsville.

He was born June 05, 1928 in Calhoun County, a son of the late Jasper and Olive Johnson Ball.

He was retired from the Hertz Corporation of Cleveland, Ohio and was well known for the Beagle dogs he raised and trained.

Surviving are his wife, Greta Ball and two daughters, Jeanette Tingler of Big Springs and Lou Ann (Don) Surber of Poca WV; one son, Rodney Ball (Sandra) pf Bale NC; a brother, Denzil (Ada) Ball of Big Bend WV; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, March 06 at Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville WV.

Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:00 Noon Tuesday until the time of services.

Patricia Louise Bradley


Patricia Louise Bradley

Age 76, of Jane Lew passed away at 8:20 AM on March 02, 2012, at Heartland Nursing Home following an extended illness.

Patricia was born December 15, 1935, the daughter of the late George Lee Bush and Grace Lavaughn (Watson) Bush, of Weston.

She is survived by her special friend Roger Williams, three daughters: Tamela Moody and Larry of Alum Bridge, Tonja Doukas and John of West Minister, MD, Alisia Morris and Anthony of Carmichael, PA, one son: Michael Bradley and Kasey of Jane Lew, seven grandchildren: Lacy Moody, Brandon Lamb, Sabrina Snider, Zachary Bradley, Matthew Berg II, Gabrielle Bradley, Michael Gage Bradley and a new baby Bradley on the way, six step-grandchildren: Kallie Lovett, Joseph Lovett, Breanna Lovett, Jacob Varner, Brayden Varner, four sisters: Betty Godfrey of Columbus, Sue Bush, Charlotte Radcliff, Linda Bush all of Weston, one brother Charles “Sonny” Bush & Laura Jean of Weston and by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Patricia was preceded in death a grandchild Harley Berg.

Patricia was a graduate of Weston High School. She loved to garden, sew, quilt, and do various crafts. She truly loved her family, grandchildren, and her dogs (Bowser and Baby).

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Monday, March 05, 2012 from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Clifford West officiating.

Interment will follow services in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of services for Patricia Louise Bradley.



Governor Earl Ray Tomblin issued a proclamation ordering all State flags displayed at all State facilities be displayed at half-staff from dawn until dusk on Friday, March 02, 2012, the day of services for former West Virginia State Senator Randall A. Taylor, of Point Pleasant, WV.

“West Virginia mourns the loss of a committed and respected public servant,“ said Governor Tomblin. “Dr. Taylor not only served the State of West Virginia, he also served the community of Point Pleasant for many years. Joanne and I extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends.“

A graduate of Huntington East High School, Taylor received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1948 from Marshall University (College) and a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1952.

Taylor served an internship at Spears Hospital in Denver, CO, for one year and then established a chiropractic service in Point Pleasant, W.Va. where he practiced for 50 years. He served as a member of the West Virginia Chiropractic Society, the Mason County Medical Society and had staff privileges at Pleasant Valley Hospital from 1988 until his retirement.

From 1965 through 1972, Taylor served two terms in the West Virginia State Senate. During his tenure he served as Chair of the Senate Health Committee, Vice Chair of the Senate Education Committee and as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Taylor is survived byhis wife, Shirley Ann Taylor; his stepdaughter, Roxanne Dawson (Jeff); his grandson, Justin Craig (Amber); his granddaughter, Myra Cook (Ernie); his step-granddaughter, Krystle Rose; seven great-grandchildren; and multiple nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Taylor; his mother, Betty Roby Taylor; his first wife, Reba Jane Taylor; his second wife, Carolyn Long Taylor; his daughter, Sheila Riehl; his brother, Charles Taylor; his brother, Avalon C. Taylor; his twin brother, Dr. Grandell A. Taylor; and his sister, Genevieve Taylor.

Dorothy Irene Rhoades


Dorothy Irene Rhoades

Age 73, of Glenville, WV, departed this life at 1:25 AM Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Emergency Room, in Weston, WV, following a unexpected illness.

She was born January 04, 1939, in Calhoun County, daughter of the late Harlan and Louise Pratt Hough.

Dorothy was a graduate of Glenville High School, graduate of Glenville State College, and received her Master’s Degree from West Virginia University. Before entering the education phase of her life, she first worked for the Department of Health and Human Resources. She began her teaching career where she taught at Sand Fork, Tanner, and Gilmer County High School. She was principal at Tanner Elementary and then principal at Troy Elementary where she retired July 31, 2000, after a distinguished career of 31 years.

She was currently a member of the Gilmer County Board of Education, where she deeply cared and was dedicated to the board for the betterment of the students and the school system. She was a member of the West Virginia Retired Teachers Association.

She attended the Presbyterian Church.

Dorothy loved to travel and sports, but most of all she loved caring for her family.

On August 21, 1956 she was united in marriage to Fermen L. Rhoades, who survives at their WV Highway 5 E home.

Surviving are 2 sons, Fermen L. “Skip” Rhoades II and wife Laura of Glenville and Jack M. Rhoades of Vienna, WV; 1 grandson, Kevin Rhoades of Glenville; 1 son-in-law, Pat Stalnaker of Glenville and her grand puppy, Hemi, whom she loved dearly; 1 brother, Donald Hough of Pennsboro ,WV; 2 sisters, Helen McClain of Ravenswood, WV and Patty Shaver of The Villages, Florida.

Along with her parents Dorothy was preceded in death by 1 daughter, Robin L. Rhoades Stalnaker on November 10, 2007.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Saturday March 03, 2012 at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. Glenville, WV with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery.

Friends may call 5:00 to 8:00 PM Friday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Dorothy I. Rhoades with arrangements.

Gloria Jean Lamb Walker


Gloria Jean Lamb Walker

Our loving mother, Gloria Jean Walker, 65, of Weston, WV, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2012 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.

Gloria was kind-hearted and treasured her family. She was a resilient woman who brought joy to others despite her many obstacles in life. She was a marvelous wife, mother, sister and daughter. Her passions included travel, gospel music, attending church and doting on her grandchildren.

She was born in Weston on February 02, 1947.

Gloria attended primary school in Weston and in 1976 she received a Computer Training Certificate in Charleston, WV, and worked as a supervisor in the computer center of the Charleston National Bank.

She was blessed with four children, David T. Mathews, Jr. of Weston, Gayla J. Pinkney and husband James of Weston, Russell E. Mathews and wife Michelle of Morgantown, WV, and Jonathan W. Walker of Weston.

She is survived by her mother, Mamie Madalene Lamb of Weston; and siblings, Ricky A. Lamb and wife Robin of Weston, Debra J. McVay and husband William of Weston and David C. Lamb and wife Dianna of Weston. She will be greatly missed by her five adoring grandchildren, Lindsay Morgan, Lucritia Mathews, Michael Pinkney, Kyra Mathews and Joseph Mathews; niece, Melissa Barrett; nephews, AJ Lamb and Chad Lamb; and great-nephews, Josh Rose and Cody Rose.
Gloria was preceded in death by her father, Clarence “Doc” Lamb; brother, Steven W. Lamb; and aunts, Alice Rollyson and Marie Bennett.

Friends called from 5:00 to 8:00 PM Friday, February 24, 2012 at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston, WV.

Funeral services were held 11:00 AM Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel.

William Fisher Gregory


William Fisher Gregory

Age 83 of Buckhannon, WV, Stoney Run Community passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Holbrook’s Nursing Home in Buckhannon.

He was born February 07, 1929 in Marlington, WV, a son of the late Emerson O. and Edna Mae Fisher Gregory.

Surviving are his 3 children, Sarah Flaherty and husband Stephen of Athens, OH; Susan Gregory-Conley and husband David of Jackson, OH; Will Gregory and wife Christine of Oakhill, VA; 5 grandchildren, Clay and Keely Flaherty; Ryan, Tyler and Serena Gregory; 2 brothers, Joe Gregory and wife Ruth of Buckhannon; David Gregory and wife Linda of Ravenswood, WV; a sister Nancy Struthers of Charleston, WV and former wife Patricia Schenk Gregory of Jackson, OH.

Mr. Gregory graduated from Sutton High School in 1946. He then went to West Virginia University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1951. He had a career in the agriculture industry and was a farmer. William was a veteran of the US Army and served during the Korean War.

Memorial services will be held at Tomblyn Whitescarver Funeral Chapel in Buckhannon at 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 03, 2012, with Rev. Jeff Zickefoose officiating.

The VFW Post #3663, American Legion Post #7 and the DAV Chapters 5 & 36 provided Military Funeral Honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to your local Humane Society.

The Tomblyn Whitescarver Funeral Chapel of Buckhannon, WV is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert H. “Bob” Knight


Robert H. “Bob” Knight

Age 94, of Burnsville, WV passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at his home after a short illness.

Bob was born October 04, 1917, in Burnsville, a son of the late Alfred B. and Nannie Brown Knight.

He was a U.S. veteran of World War II, and retired from the Home Improvement Corporation of Burnsville. He was a former member of the Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department, and St. Michael’s Food Pantry. He founded the first taxi service in Burnsville and was a former member of the Town Council. He served on the Burnsville Water Board for over fifty years. He attended the Burnsville Senior Center and was a member of the Knights of Pythias (K of P).

He was also a member of Orlando Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Maple Singleton Knight; two sisters; and one brother.

Bob is survived by one daughter, Donna Marie Keller and husband, Ron, of Wheeling; sons, Robert H. Knight II and wife, Pam, of Canton, Ohio, Michael E. Knight and wife, Shelby, of Burnsville, Alfred Shaffer Knight and wife, Edna, of Bruceton Mills, and Billy Robinson and wife, Teresa, of Burnsville. Also surviving are many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and lifelong friend, Betty Carson of Burnsville.

Funeral service was held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home in Flatwoods with the Rev. Lonnie Ramsey officiating.

Burial was in K of P Cemetery in Burnsville.

Friends called from 6:00 to 9:00 PM Monday at the funeral home.

Margaret Gae Kelley


Margaret Gae Kelley

Age 55 of Tallmansville, WV, passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 in Pittsburg, PA.

She was born December 27, 1956 in Buckhannon, WV.

She was preceded in death by her father Ralph W. McCray; her brother David McCray and her daughter Angel Dawn Williams.

Margaret is survived by her mother Lucille G. Boggs McCray of Ireland, WV; husband Terry Kelley of Tallmansville; a son Roger Lee Williams, Jr. and wife Kimmy of Ireland; grandson Caleb Williams; 2 sisters, Brenda Helmick and husband Harold of Roanoke, WV; Carol McCray of Ireland; 2 brothers, Darley McCray and Travis McCray of Ireland.

Mrs. Kelley was a homemaker and loved to sew and quilt.

The family received friends from 4:00 to 6:00 PM Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Alkire Funeral Chapel in Ireland, where services were held at 1:00 PM Sunday, February 26, 2012 with the Rev. Lonnie Ramsey officiating.

Burial followed at the McCutchan Chapel Cemetery.

The Alkire Funeral Chapel of Ireland, WV is in charge of the arrangements.

Rev. George Edward Lake


Rev. George Edward Lake

Age 80, of Lexington, NC (formerly of West Union, WV), departed this life on Thursday, February 23, 2012, at his residence.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the West Union Baptist Church, 204 Cottage Ave., West Union, WV.

Burial will follow in the South Fork Baptist Church Cemetery near Summers (Doddridge County).

Friends called at the church from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, February 28, 2012.

McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Virginia Ruth Ruddlesden


Virginia Ruth Ruddlesden

Age 96, of Parkersburg (formerly of Harrisville), departed this life on Friday, February 24, 2012, at Ohio Valley Health Care, Parkersburg.

Virginia was born June 08, 1915, in Gassaway, WV (Braxton County), a daughter of the late Elliott and Bertie Rutherford.

She spent her life as a homemaker for her family.

She was a member of the Vienna Wesleyan Church.

She greatly enjoyed making quilts and gardening.

She is survived by her children, Clyde Ruddlesden of Parkersburg, Ramona Longwell of Sardis, OH, and Donald Ruddlesden of Vienna, WV; brother, Kirk Rutherford of OH, along with several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Maurice Dalton Ruddlesden; son, Dalton J Ruddlesden, and step-daughter, Dorothy.

Funeral services were 1:00 PM, Monday, February 27, 2012, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with the Pastor Jack Harris officiating.

Burial followed in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends called from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday at the funeral home.

Loretta Jean McKinney


Loretta Jean McKinney

Age 40, of Route 1, Salem departed this life on Sunday, February 26, 2012.

She was born May 25, 1971 in Clarksburg a daughter of Ronald Britton Sr. and wife, Sarah, Alma and Betty Owens Hart and husband, Albin, Smithburg.

On October 24, 1992 she married Jefferey Ellis McKinney who survives.

Also surviving are one son, Tyler Jefferey McKinney, at home, three sisters, Angela Dawn Davis, Big Flint Community, Rhonda Sue Britton, Steubenville, OH, Jessica Ellen Blandori, West Union, four brothers, Kevin Wayne Britton, West Union, Dewayne Keith Britton, Salem, Mark Eugene Britton and Ronald Keith Britton both of West Union and several nieces and nephews. One brother, William Arthur Britton preceded her in death.

Mrs. McKinney had been a former employee of Doddridge County Senior Citizens as a Home Health Aide.

She was a member of Avon Community Church.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Thursday, March 01, 2012 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Dave Masto, Pastor Robert Swiger and Pastor Calvin Robinson presiding.

Interment will follow in the Pt. Pleasant Cemetery, Oxford.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 from 2:00 to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Thursday until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the McKinney family.

Hildegard Edith Rexroad


Hildegard Edith Rexroad

Age 80, departed this earthly life February 25, 2012, at her residence in Harrisville, WV, after a long illness.

She was born on February 06, 1932, in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of the late Ludwig Otta Schulz and Hildegard Agnes (Hapke) Schulz.

She was a graduate of mechanical and architectural draftsman college in Germany, and was employed by Siemen’s Corporation, as well as being an accomplished fine artist.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Ray H. Rexroad, Harrisville; one son, Michael Rexroad, Ashville, NC; one daughter, Iris Clymer, Coffeeville, KS; one brother, Kurt Schulz, Hamm, Germany; two sisters, Gisela Aitken, Orlando, FL, and Helga Fracker and husband Stan, Jackson, Michigan; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; as well as 35 nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Hulmut Schulz, Germany.

Hildegard was a very loving and caring lady who would literally give you the shirt off her back to those in need, who truly cared for her fellow man. This lady will be surely missed by those who knew her and loved her. If she did not gain entrance through the “Pearly Gates” the rest of us do not stand a chance!

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Thursday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with the Rev. John Frum officiating.

Burial will follow in King Knob Cemetery near Harrisville.

Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.

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